Membership and participation in Freemasonry today

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by amhdive, Oct 25, 2013.

  1. william ernest roberts

    william ernest roberts Registered User

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    like your comment zak I to enjoy my freemasonry ,love writing and reading about our history I have just resigned from my craft lodge but will join another soon still in side degrees which is a concern but told not to worry I could join a installed masters lodge but we shall see take care
     
  2. JohnnyFlotsam

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    Membership is not a "problem". We don't "need" more members. We need good Masons, first and foremost. Not enough dues-paying members to support the Lodge building that was built when membership was higher? Raise the dues, move to a less expensive venue, merge, whatever. Just don't think that "more members" is what "Masonry needs".
     
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  3. Texan92

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    We don't need more members we need the men who took an obligation to remember that obligation and get active again. I don't know who came up with the idea that you only have to do so much, it is more of what have you done for me lately attitude we need. An inactive lodge is a dead lodge the one I belong to has one foot and a toe in the grave and a slight breeze will push us on in. There are a few of us who are fighting to keep it alive, but we have a lot of members who ( you noticed I used members not masons) who feel they have done enough and just are not active anymore.
     
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  4. MaineMason

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    Our lodge is different. Yes, we have elderly members we see infrequently or only when we're doing degree work or officer elections, but many of the line officers--including myself are under 60 and several, again including myself, are under 50. We've got a brand new DeMolay chapter, for which I am a trained Dad Advisor, and we've got Rainbow. Our Eastern Star Chapter is mostly defunct, however. We're active in the community and have a presence there for town functions. We also have an active Royal Arch Chapter, of which I am a member and many of us are both York and Scottish Rite masons.
    That being said, as active as we are, there's very few people on the sidelines at our stated communications. I would not equate that kind of situation with being "dead" as a lodge. We have initiated lots of new members in the last couple of years. If that's not the case with your lodge, well, perhaps you are correct to be worried.
     
  5. MaineMason

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    By the way, many of our newest members are active with our monthly bean suppers (we have a couple of hundred community members in for those suppers per month) and some, such as myself, got in line immediately. THAT is an active lodge.
     
  6. william ernest roberts

    william ernest roberts Registered User

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    True bro Johhny but small numbers are some times best our early history mentions 5/6 meeting in a lodge and as time has gone on it has been the same small and select or as bro Dr oliver writes "be very cautious whom you recommend for initiation, one false step...........keep it select great numbers are not always beneficial " but in the modern age of today we seem to have opted for big is beautiful smiib
     
  7. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

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    Wise words brother.
     
  8. JohnnyFlotsam

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    We agree completely, Brother. Bigger is fine, if that's what it takes to accommodate. I am always inspired by the grand Masonic venues of the early twentieth century. At the same time, I am depressed when I attend some function in one and see it 80% empty. And I am frustrated by men who seem to think that filling them up again is what Masonry is about. I'd rather sit in a Lodge opened in a rented banquet room with a dozen men truly committed to their Masonic labors than I would with a few hundred dilettantes in the grandest temple. Every time.
     
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  9. Jraiford

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    Every few months we have a rib sale fundraiser for the scholarship fund. That is the greatest turnout we have. We meet on every 2nd Tuesday, and only have a meal when we have guests. Our next greatest turn out is for practice on Thursdays, where we practice an upcoming degree. If there are new officers, we sometimes practice opening and closing. The membership is around 90, but we usually have about 10 show up. You would think that as we add more and younger members, they would come to lodge. But once they get the MM they only show up every so often. We had one show up and be installed as JD and hasn't made a meeting or practice since. So instead of filling a chair, we have a void. I have to move from SS to JD to sometimes Tiler. It gets annoying but don't know how to fix it.
     

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